Thursday, April 29, 2010

homemade Parmesan & Thyme crackers

Barefoot Contessa's Ina Garten is a charming and talented chef, of which I am a devoted fan. She knows how to entertain with style and simplicity.

I was recently captivated by an episode where Ina prepared a most charming tray of homemade Parmesan and Thyme crackers, assorted cheeses, and fruits for her dear friend.  Ina's simple display on a wood plank, adorned with hydrangea leaves was simply. . . delightful.

Ina's recipe for Parmesan and Thyme crackers is quite simple . . . and yields a refined and delectable cracker that will surely be enjoyed at your next gathering.

Buon Appetito!

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
3 ounces fresh grated Parmesan
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place butter in bowl of electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix until creamy.
Add Parmesan, flour, salt, thyme and pepper; combine.
Dump dough on a lightly floured board and cool into a 13-inch long log.
Wrap the log in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut log crosswise into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick slices. 
Place slices on a sheet pan and bake for 22 minutes.

Grace your next gift basket or platter with homemade Parmesan and Thyme crackers.  Be sure to add a selection of creamy, mild cheeses, ripe grapes, juicy tangerines and perhaps a loaf of bread.  For a finished appearance, wrap the basket or platter in clear cello and adorn with a beautiful ribbon; and for a simple & classic gift, stack these crackers and place them in a clear cello bag and adorn with ribbon. Enjoy!


  1. oh my those look delish! i saved the recipe to try it out!
    thanks for the tip :)

  2. Yum! Thanks for stopping over!


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